Yesterday was the marking of another year on this earth for me. There are lots of great things that I can think of that are worth celebrating another year of, but I want to talk for a few minutes about the things I see that aren't so great.
Recently I saw the President of the Maldives on a television news show. He was saying that the people in his country are afraid that within a year there will be no Maldives. The country consists of a group of islands located in the Indian Ocean. The highest point on their islands is only 6' above sea level. With the climate change that is occurring, the Oceans are expanding. Soon there will be no Maldives. He said that the leaders in his country are traveling around the world, trying to find land big enough to move their 328,000 citizens. This is a tragedy for them. Their main source of revenue has been tourism because they live in a veritable paradise.
It makes me sick to think of the regal polar bears swimming until they drown because there is no- where for them to pull themselves out of the water. And that is happening. I feel terrible that even in this time we allow animals to become extinct by encroaching on the land on which they live.
I worry that our Senators and Representatives are so far removed from the rest of us that they have completely lost touch with the reality of life as most of us know it. They all make wonderful wages for now and will leave office with a pension for the rest of their lives. It is no wonder they don't think Social Security and Medicare are important - they will never need them. Are they so blind that they cannot see how it is for old people in this country? Are they so blind that they do not see that each year, with inflation and budget cuts, it gets worse for those same people?
I heve two daughters and I worry about how things will be for them in the future. Will their be any help for them when they get old? How can they possibly save money for the future when they are just getting by now from paycheck to paycheck?